Narcissist personality disorder, the dark triad.

The dark triad. Is the clinical term, for an awful person, any of these three types of people are horrible, hurtful, negative, nasty, self-absorbed, manipulative, untrustworthy, people.

Most people can tick a box or two for traits of these personality disorders. You have to tick at least five of the nine characteristics actually to have the narcissist personality disorder, so if someone is confident and goal-orientated, if they don’t go around exploiting others, they’re not an arrogant narcissist.

This is a theory about three personality traits that come together to cause others great difficulty. They do cross over.




Narcissism is characterised by grandiosity, pride, egotism, and a lack of empathy.

Machiavellianism is characterised by manipulation and exploitation of others, a cynical disregard for morality, and a focus on self-interest and deception.

Psychopathy is characterised, continuing antisocial behaviour, impulsivity, selfishness, callousness, and remorselessness.

The theory is they all share antagonism, being unfriendly, causing conflict. Studies have shown they all have extremely low levels to be able to agree with others or see others opinions and agree to disagree, often not being able to agree with others.

Themes have been found in a number of studies that link these personality traits.

These are personality disorders that are on a spectrum, each having traits that make the disorder.

With narcissism, there are two different types. The grandiose narcissist, traits are dominant, arrogant, exhibitionism and exploiting others, which most of the research is on.

The vulnerable narcissist, traits are self-critical, shyness, mood swings, distrusting others.

Overall narcissistic traits are those above, as well, as they gain their self-identity through others. Attention seeking, lacking in empathy, and because of this, they don’t acknowledge the effects they have on others, shallow. People are used as a means to an end. To gain self-esteem, they brag a lot. They believe they are better than others. They are self-centred, gaslighting, exploitative, love bombing period, then emotional detachment. They need you to respond to messages instantly. Drama, they believe they are starting in a movie. They are the star, controlling with everything, including their reputation. Anyone says no to them. That’s just a challenge to get the other person to say yes. Common rules don’t apply to them if you’re a vegetarian. They are not. They will try their best to get you to eat meat. If you feel used, it’s a sign they are a narcissist.

With psychopathy. There is overlap with narcissism, psychopathy traits are, manipulative, callousness, violating rules, lack of empathy, impulsiveness, irresponsibility, superficial charm, shallow affect, lack of remorse, lack of accountability, narcissism, pathological lying, they don’t show embarrassment, they are always looking for excitement, they always want thrills, you’ll not come across lazy psychopathy, bulling, these are nasty to animals. They are control freaks.

Most with psychopathy would be diagnosed with an antisocial personality disorder. Some with antisocial personality disorder would qualify to have psychopathy disorder.

Machiavellianism, traits are, Being callous, being manipulative, goal-oriented, antisocial behaviour, control in impulsive behaviour.

Within the dark triad, narcissists and psychopathy are distinct personalities, although some overlap in the traits.

Narcissist and psychopathy are distinct disorders, Machiavellianism slots into psychopathy more than narcissism.

Narcissists almost like to make people, their little puppets. Their manipulation almost turns their partners into zombies. They put partners into a kind of trance, so you no longer know the reality, so when you wake and says, “Hey, you cheated on me.” The narcissist strikes back with “you made me.” With a narcissist, if they see their partner start to wake up and see reality from their manipulative words, they can panic and use more manipulation to send you into a confused state of mind again, if they see you making a new friend, if they see your inner strength return. They have to send you into that trance state of mind again.

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